POWELL BRINGS THE MORDANT TECHNO NOISE
British DJ/producer and Diagonal Records artist Powell is crossing the ocean and the US to play our damn city, which is mighty generous of him. He'll be in DJ mode for the MOTOR night's 11th installment, which means gird your third ear for a torrent of harsh, mordant techno floor-cavers from the likes of Prostitutes, Russell Haswell, Skull Defekts, Shit & Shine, and probably some surprises (a recent mix included 23 Skidoo's brutalist funk classic "Kundalini" and Eric Random's whip-cracking, electro-post-punk jam "Fade In"). The rest of the bill consists of top-flight experimental-electronic producers Black Hat (Nelson Bean), Mood Organ (Timm Mason of Midday Veil, Master Musicians of Bukkake, and TJ Max), and Chris Davis (Brain Fruit), plus Dr. Troy (owner of Medical Records) on the decks. In the MOTOR tradition, there's no letup of the adventurous, great music tonight. Highline, 9 pm, $10, 21+.
DJ M3'S TOP-SHELF FUNKY HOUSE MUSIC
San Francisco's DJ M3 gives you that chunky, funky house music that's as familiar and comfortable as your favorite dancing shoes. Yet his DJ sets elude the lackluster nature of many house jocks' selections. Because M3 (aka Manny Alferez) has superior knowledge and sequencing skills, he's able to infuse this 30-year-old dance-music genre with an invigorating spirit and soulful depth. You can't go to school to learn this; you just have to be naturally gifted and inordinately obsessive. Kremwerk, 8 pm, $7 before 10 pm/$10 after, 21+.
JOHN TEMPLETON ILLUMINATES KREMWERK'S DARK TIME TECHNO WEEKLY
Oh, Jesus, here we go again. John Templeton's Soundcloud page is sending me to that special weird place where I lose track of time and space and threaten to blow a deadline. Does the FDA know about Templeton's DJ sets? (Sorry for narcing you out, John.) This Denver disc jockey is a master of warped, minimal techno that makes you feel as if the laws of physics have been revoked. His aesthetics are up there in the same fun-house-mirrored sphere as Rrose's. This is driving yet disorienting stuff, representing scrupulous research and development in the lab. With Dark Time resident DJs Ctrl_Alt_Dlt and Roddiumus. Kremwerk, 9 pm, $10, 21+.